‘LaPolitics’: Scratch-off numbers offer promise

Good news on the fiscal front is hard to find these days on the state level—unless you look below the surface. That’s because, according to Lottery President Rose Hudson, scratch-offs are “selling like hotcakes.” While the Lottery’s third-quarter contributions to the state are down overall, success of scratch-off games, in concert with the last fiscal year being ‘the most lucrative on record for the Louisiana Lottery, signal that a strong rebound is always possible for the future. Fiscal year-to-date sales of these games are up 8.3% over last year, reaching $162.9 million. Prior to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, scratch-off sales were up 4.6%, doubling growth in just the last month and a half. “Interestingly, we are seeing new customers try our games as other forms of gaming have become inaccessible,” Hudson says. “The success of our scratch-off products line, which account for nearly half of our total sales, is a silver lining in the Lottery’s overall sales performance. This is because Powerball and Mega Millions sales are down 30% to 50% due to an 11-month drought of the large $400 million-plus jackpots that our players enjoy.”

—Citing the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal will use video technology—for the first time in the history of the court—to hear oral arguments. That process begins June 16.

—Louisiana is one of 19 states that have not yet enacted budgets for the next fiscal year. Two state legislatures, Arkansas and Florida, are awaiting gubernatorial action.  

—They said it: “The Bible says you should listen more and speak less, which is hard for me to do. But I’m gonna try. —State Rep. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, during a legislative committee meeting. 

Jeremy Alford publishes LaPolitics Weekly, a newsletter on Louisiana politics, at LaPolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter, or on Facebook. He can be reached at JJA@LaPolitics.com.

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